Sulka Mitts by Caitlin Hunter
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Sulka Mitts

Knitting
June 2016
FernFiber Aran/Heavy Worsted
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
120 - 170 yards (110 - 155 m)
Ladies' S, (M, L) circ. at palm- 6" (7", 8")
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The Sulka Mitts are based on an ancient scrap of nalbilding that was found in the area that is now Syria. I named this pattern Sulka, the Finnish word for feather in honor of my Finnish grandma, Julia. I usually try to keep politics off of my page, but my art and my existence as a person are intertwined with immigration and global cooperation. I’ll be donating all of the profits from this pattern to the ACLU to aid in defending the rights of those who need it most for the remainder of 2017. I’ll share monthly updates with the amount raised. Thank you.* ❤️

These rustic, homespun mitts are perfect accessory for chilly mornings at the campfire. The feather design is based on a stitch pattern found on one of the oldest pieces of nalbinding (an early predecessor of knitting) ever found. Imagine women of an ancient era creating the same stitch as you knit these gloves, and feel the thread of history binding us together.

Knit seamlessly in the round, these mitts feature a deceptively easy braid detail and afterthought thumb.

These mitts are perfect for any Aran weight yarn. Cocoa chaff naturally hand dyed yarn from Fern Fiber was used for the sample, and has a lovely, rustic halo. You can make 2 pair from a single skein of Fern Fiber yarn, why not get started on your Christmas knitting and make a pair for yourself and one for a dear friend?